RALEIGH - This year's recipient of the N.C. Department of Transportation's Eastern Public Transportation Recognition Award is Kelly D. Walker. Walker currently serves the people of Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties as a Transportation Coordinator with the Craven Area Rural Transit System.
A well-known advocate of public transportation in her community, Walker has served in a variety of positions since becoming a transit employee in 2006 from driver to interim director. In addition to excelling in the day-to-day demands of her position, Walker has been instrumental in keeping federal transportation funding alive in spite of changing economic conditions.
Nominated by NCDOT Public Transportation Division staff and selected as a recipient by the Division's management staff, Walker is the third recipient of the award since its creation in 2012. The Transportation Recognition Award was created to recognize the unsung heroes of public transportation systems across North Carolina.
"The PT Division staff recommends nominees from the NC transportation systems based on criteria of outstanding services the individual provides to their community, their stateand most importantly to the dedication in the growth of public transportation,"said Cheryl M. Leonard, Assistant Director of NCDOT Public Transportation Division.
The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.
For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.
Kelly Walker (left) accepts her award.